A hardcover edition of Circus of Wonders is leanings against a pink Once Upon a Book Club box. In front of the box are a white drawstring bag, small blue felt ring box, signature card, quote card, bookmark, purple and red box, bookclub kit, and purple box. The boxes and bags all have page numbers.
A hardcover edition of Circus of Wonders is standing on a pink Once Upon a Book Club box. In front of the box are a purple and red box, blue felt ring box, purple and blue box, and white drawstring bag. The boxes and bags all have page numbers.

Weird and the Wonderful - Full Box

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Grab a January 2022 Adultl box featuring Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal! This box features 4 gifts that bring this amazing novel to life! Don't forget to subscribe to save!

How It Works!
  1. Start reading your monthly book! Each box includes an exciting new read and your experience begins the moment you turn to page one.
  2. As you read, you'll find "Open Your Gift" sticky notes! Unwrap the gift with the matching page number and experience the book coming to life before your eyes!
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About the Book

In 1866, within a quaint coastal hamlet in southern England, Nell earns her livelihood gathering violets. Distinguished from her peers by distinctive birthmarks covering her skin, she finds solace in her affection for her brother and the sea that whispers of freedom.

Nell's life takes a dramatic turn when Jasper Jupiter's Circus of Wonders descends upon the village, and she finds herself whisked away from her simple life. Betrayed by her father who sells her to Jasper, promising him a "leopard girl" for his exhibition, Nell faces the ultimate treachery. Yet, amidst the spectacle and strangeness of her new life, she discovers camaraderie among the troupe and a gentle connection with Jasper's brother, Toby. This unexpected fellowship leads Nell to question if her abduction might have serendipitously led her to a place she belongs.

In London, Nell's presence captivates the city. Lauded as the "eighth wonder of the world," her likeness is immortalized in figurines, and throngs of spectators flock to see her perform. But as Nell navigates her newfound fame, questions arise about who holds the right to narrate her story. As her brilliance threatens to outshine the showman who claimed her, the dynamics within the circus teeter on the edge of change. Furthermore, Nell's burgeoning love for Toby beckons him to confront his own shadows and the dark secret tethering him to Jasper.

Spanning the lush grounds of Victorian London to the war-torn fields of Crimea, Circus of Wonders unravels a compelling saga of control and identity, the allure of renown against the backdrop of obscurity.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 48 reviews

Love the concept. Looking forward to reading this book


It was different then what I normally read but I loved opening the gifts


Box was wrapped in plastic but the front in was completely damaged and wet. One of the gifts needed up getting revealed because it was already open and had water damage to it. When I spend $60 on something, I expect it to look good. Can’t even blame it on USPS because they marked it twice that it was in damaged condition and unsealed. Very poor quality. Do not know if I will get another box because did how disappointed I am.


I love the service just didn’t particularly enjoy the book

Amber Sullivan

The book, the gifts and the wrapping were so beautifully done. Gifts 1000% line up with the story. Only 4 stars because the book left me slightly depressed.

Book Clubber Testimonials


I love Once Upon a Book Club. Each month offers a book with a collection of gifts that bring the words on the pages to life. My collection is growing and I even had to purchased new book shelves. I love the boxes!

Mitzi V.
Lake Charles, LA

Once Upon a Book Club is a reader’s delight. The concept of this book box is so unique, it combines your love of reading with the joy opening presents.

Darrie D.
Oceanside, NY

The gifts truly bring the story to life and perfectly match what’s happening in the story. For example-the main character might have gotten a bracelet from her best friend in the story. And then you get that bracelet as a gift! It’s so fun because it’s an immersive experience.

Monique B.
Elmhurst, IL

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